As late British astrophysics giant Stephen Hawking’s remains were laid to rest in London’s Westminster Abbey a message from him was beamed towards the nearest black hole.
Celebrities and science enthusiasts from around the world were in attendance as Stephen Hawking’s ashes were buried alongside the graves of fellow science legends Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.
A specially-written musical piece by Greek composer Vangelis featuring Hawking’s famous synthesised voice was beamed towards the nearest black hole using radio waves from European Space Agency satellite dish in Spain.
The message of six-minute duration drawn from Hawking’s speech was transmitted towards the black hole 1A 0620-00 discovered in 1975. The black hole is located 3,500 light years from Earth.
“This is a beautiful and symbolic gesture that creates a link between our father’s presence on this planet, his wish to go into space and his explorations of the universe in his mind,” said his daughter Lucy Hawking.
“It is a message of peace and hope, about unity and the need for us to live together in harmony on this planet,” she said. “Here Lies What Was Mortal Of Stephen Hawking,” read the words on the stone, which included an image of a black hole.
Hawking died on March 14 at the age of 76.